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2013 Christmas Markets in Europe

Christmas is once again in the air! For many of us, the season is never complete without a trip to some of Europe’s biggest Christmas markets: the centres of joy, abundance and warmth that brightens up the holiday.

 

Christmas markets are Europe’s longest and most popular traditions during the months of November-January. They attract both locals and tourists alike, fostering a global community of festivity.

 

Dine, drink, shop, walk, play, and meet and greet friends and family in some of 2013’s most awaited Christmas markets:

 

Bath, UK

 

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Where: Bath Abbey, City of Bath, Somerset, South West England, UK

 

When: Thursday 28 November – Sunday 15 December 2013

 

Bath has been called the ‘Christmas Capital of the West’ because of its status as a shopper’s haven. High street shops mix with independent local sellers in 150 wooden chalets to give visitors a wide range of high quality goods for gifts or personal use.

 

What to do:

 

Ice skate outdoors in Bath on Ice from 22 November – 5 January 2014 from 10am to 9pm daily

 

Take a dip in one of the many Roman baths and spas in the city to warm up against the cold

 

Get a chance to drive a MINI Cooper Paceman for a year when you shop in Bath

 

Strasbourg, France

 

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Where: Strasbourg Cathedral, City of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

 

When: Friday 29 November – Tuesday 31 December 2013

 

The Christmas market in Strasbourg is one of the oldest in Europe — the first ‘Christkindelsmärik’ was held in 1570 outside the soaring walls of the Strasbourg Cathedral. The city itself is home to 11 markets with a total of 300 chalets, giving visitors a chance to stroll around this World Heritage city. The large natural Christmas tree, Grand Fir, also serves as the centre of the festivities.

 

What to do:

 

Taste Alsace region’s yummiest delights by joining a workshop to be conducted by bakers, winemakers and local food artisans in the Place d’Austerlitz

 

Take a Torchlight tour through the Robertsau forest with the Vosges Club starting 14 December, 5pm at Cine Bussierre, 155 rue Kempf

 

Munich, Germany

 

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Where: Marienplatz, City of Munich, Bavaria, Germany

 

When: Monday 25 November – Tuesday 24 December 2013

 

Dubbed the ‘Original’ Christmas market, Munich’s street market boasts a long tradition that traces its roots to 14th century ‘Nicholaus Markets.’ Marienplatz offers traditional stalls right under the beautiful façade of the city’s massive Town Hall.

 

What to do:

 

Enjoy a mug of beer or two at the Hofbräuhaus’ year-long beer festival

 

Watch out for the motley crew of Krampus runners on 8 December and 22 December as they showcase the costumes and customs of the age-old Krampus Run

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